Any gamer worth their salt (or silicon) knows, or at least heard of, the British independent games’ studio Introversion Software. The makers of Uplink, Darwinia and Defcon strike again, this time offering gamers the position of a warden in a maximum security prison, with the ability to build it from scratch. The best part? By purchasing the game you automatically gain access to the game’s alpha and can help Introversion develop it.

Inspired by Theme Hospital, Dungeon Keeper and Dwarf Fortress, the game puts you in the shoes of a prison warden, who has to design a maximum security prison, down to every cell, security checkpoint, power generator and plumbing. Then comes the hard part, maintaining the prison on an everyday basis: feeding prisoners, quelling riots and facing various obstacles that happen to appear in the way.

As noted above, Prison Architect is not yet finished. In fact, it is still in the early stages of development. Introversion’s taking this aspect and turning it into an advantage: by purchasing the game at this point, you automatically gain access to the game’s alpha and private forums. As new builds of Prison Architect are compiled and new features added, they will be made available to everyone, who purchased the game. This makes the game into an opportunity to take a look into how games are developed, witness hilarious bugs that emerge during alpha and beta testing and, of course, be involved in the development another Introversion title.

Prison Architect can be purchased through the Introversion’s website, using a tiered system similar to Kickstarter. The base price of $30 covers access to the alpha (PC and Mac) and the full game, once it is released (PC, Mac, Linux, hopefully with Steam functionality). More expensive tiers add bonuses such as the art book, soundtrack, physical copy of the game, ability to create your own prisoner to be included in the game and others.

I never liked having money in my wallet anyway.